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Today's News

  • Teddy Mac’s karaoke on Mondays, Thursdays at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

    LIVE OAK,  — Looking for a place the whole family can socialize with old friends, make new friends and perhaps even get on stage yourself and sing your heart out in karaoke?  The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) hosts Elvis Tribute Artist and karaoke king Ted “Teddy Mac” McMullen every Monday and Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. The music begins at 7 p.m. The SOS Café and Restaurant is also open and serving.

  • Dotti South and the Slackers to perform Sunday

        Dotti South and the Slackers have been invited to perform on the outdoor stage in the square at Tioga Town Center just west of Gainesville on Sunday, June 27 from 3 to – 7 p.m.  The Tioga Town Center is offering a Family Concert Series the last Sunday of the month through August. The concerts are family friendly and concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of live music. The concerts are part of Tioga Town Center’s Summer Entertainment Series.

  • Church news

    n The Bronson Church of God is having their annual God and Country Day, July 4th. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. There is no charge to participate.  Here is just a sample of the exciting activities you and your family can participate in. Gospel Music, water games for all ages, bounce house, beanbag toss, dunk tank (pastor inside), volleyball, horseshoes, arts and craft sale, baked goods auction. Also we will have a contest for the “Best Decorated ‘Little Red Wagon’” for ages four and under.

  • Cat rescue operation in need of volunteers and donations

    People often lament that they don’t know how they’ll cope with an extra mouth to feed.

  • Levy's jobless rate down for 4th month

    Levy County's unemployment rate hit a record high of 14.3 percent in January, but it has dropped every month since then hitting 12.6 percent in May, according to figures released by the state last week. That was a 0.2 percent drop from April's 12.6 percent, March's 13.5 percent and February's 14.2 percent. The last time the unemployment rate was this low was in October 2009, when it was 12.4 percent. The good news is that it was not just Levy County that experienced a drop in the number of people without a job in May.

  • FHSAA creates rural division

    The Florida High School Athletic Association has created a new division to oversee competition for  private and public school in rural areas.  During their June 15 meeting, the FHSAA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a new Rural Division, which would be comprised of high schools in communities designated as rural by the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and whose student enrollment is 500 or less. The new rural classification will be li

  • Farmers keeping close eye on peanut harvest

    As farmers busily harvest the Watermelon fields, many are also keeping a close watch on another crop. Levy County has approximately 12,000 acres of peanuts. The crops were planted in April and May and take 135-150 days to harvest depending on the variety. The first couple months are fairly undemanding, said Anthony Barbaglia, Levy County University of Florida/IFAS Extension Agent for Agriculture.  “The peanuts just kind of hang out there for the first 50 days.

  • Scallop season gets an early start

    Bay scallop season will open 12 days earlier that usual this year, giving area recreational scallop enthusiasts a head start in harvesting the mollusks.

    Traditionally starting on July 1, bay scallop season will instead begin on this Saturday, June 19. The season will close on the usual date of Sept. 1.

  • Water district meeting leaves city still asking questions

    Chiefland city officials got no definite answers from the Suwannee River Water Management District's Governing Board Tuesday about the fate of a 122-acre plot of land surrounding the city's 33-acre well site.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy, one of three city officials attending the board meeting in Live Oak, said, "Chiefland thinks it's in our best interest to control that site." Pomeroy asked if purchasing the site or leasing it for recreational use would be something the board would consider.

  • County jumps into fox penning issue

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering adopting rules to govern the penning and hunting of foxes and coyotes in enclosed lands, something the Levy County Board of Commissioners wants continued.

    The commission, in its regular meeting Tuesday at the County Courthouse, voted unanimously in favor of a resolution stating support for legally operated fox hunting enclosures. The resolution says such businesses "are a benefit to Levy County and should be allowed to continue lawful operation."